Updated: April 3, 2020
Dear Ontario Conference Pastors, Head Elders, Clerks, and Communication Leaders:
After prayerful and careful reflection and consideration of the health, safety, and wellness of our church families, the Ontario Conference administration is issuing the following guidelines.
As per instructions from the Provincial Chief Medical Officer, all gatherings, including churches, continue to be suspended until further notice, and our buildings are closed to the public. We will continually keep you updated.
While we encourage churches to explore alternate ways of delivering their church worship services, such as Zoom, we have not yet officially suspended live streaming or pre-recordings from the church building. If you are continuing to live stream and/or pre-record please:
Food banks have been deemed to be an essential service. As such, their operation can continue. While there is an allowance for up to 10 persons functioning at any one time at a food bank, Ontario Conference is strongly recommending we keep it to no more than five persons. If operating a food bank, please keep the following in mind:
Each church must continue to be communicating with its members intentionally, via telephone, WhatsApp, Facebook, group email, etc. Please do not forget your shut-ins.
Church Renting to Other Groups:
Since our churches will be closed for worship, a notice should be sent as soon as possible, and a prorating of rent considered whenever possible. The Property and Risk Management director will provide a letter.
For more information, please refer to the Ontario Conference website.